Don’t Jump..., Flip!

I wish to begin the new year with a .. backflip.

The title Don't jump, Flip! was about my life in 2007 and how it was ... A huge jump, a leap of faith into the unknown. I've quitted my dreaded full time job and move comfort zone into a bohemian lifestyle back in my Uni. It felt like I was reversing back the clock. The same old street, same old path with a new sets of situation.

2007 was a stressful year. Filled with bittersweet moments and a few turning points. Its a year where I began tutoring in the place that I love the most as a part-time. It was also a time of tragedy, where my dad passed away. Taken away from all of us, especially my mother. Despite of our preference differences, I will always greatly miss yu, Papa.

2007 was also a time of awareness in my current situation. Venturing beyond than what I always bounded my self from stepping into due to my ignorance and lack of knowledge of.

I began to read again, thanks to my cousin's 'The YES Man' and his several other recommendations. Books that I've never thought of reading if it wasn't for my weekly commuting from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru bus trip. Re-read and following through again, Alvin's Toffler's futurist theory and unfolding the big buzz behind his writings (it was uphold as the almanac guide of futuristic society where in a way have an effect on design and especially, architecture). Brilliant writings by Thomas Friedman have open up my vision upon the new world, especially in making sense in the web 2.0 era and finding your part in this revolution, or shall we say evolution of technology of communication. A more elaborate version 'future shock' explain in simple terms. And trying to find sensibility as a non-threat peace designs friendly loving muslim in the post 9-11 era.

2007 was also a time where I wanted to be aware upon the situation of the politics in my country. It was only after a smack in face, after watching one of Henry Rollins interview where I began to realized that by remaining silence, its is also as we 'hailing to the thief' to what we disagree upon. I wish for a better change for my country. The yellow march was a powerful act of people's power. It was so moving that it signify HOPE and UNITY. A sign that there are people who care to practice their democratic and humans rights. A great documentary, '10 tahun sebelum Merdeka' supports the idea of practicing your rights on the street is not something new and it was being done by our forefathers during the early days of colonialism and the power of the people are something that are shouldn't be underestimated.

Out of all that, what matter the most was ... VOTE. It is the only way to make a change. Mr. Rollins explained that, if music and art are able to change society and especially politics, then changes should have happen for the better during the years of Bob Marley or Bob Dylans. Yet, what we achieved are, the world have become a dangerous place to be living in. Instead of openness (due to the internet) we've become more isolated from each other, where the only way to make contact is to CRASH onto each other.

2007 was not gloomy year. It was also a year of rejoicing the human achievement in technology innovation. From the Transformer in the movie screen to the interconnectivity of my ipod with podcast's from all over the world downloaded straight through my laptop where I broadcasted this article that yu are reading now from...anywhere. Did I also mention to yu that my only permanent address is my office address? (*perhaps I tell yu more about it in my other postings). To me, visual interactivity reached its hiatus when iPhone was introduced with so many unlimited possibilities that can be manipulated as a tool and a media for designers. Videos, especially documentary are now made available onto the web, the power of RSS give yu the ability to create your own most up to date online newspaper where yu take charge of your own content.

2007 was also a year where I practiced the idea of creation and sharing through communities. Through networking and cross contacts, it is possible for yu to create and organize things on your own. With a friend of my (that I discover during this leap of faith), we've created a group of collective design based community back in Johor Bahru. It was also where I learned to see the dynamics of community where yu have to let it go on its own way. The more yu let go, the more it flourish. Democratic-101, at work and in your face.

2007 was a great year in terms of youth in street arts and music. The empowering web 2.0 have allowed unrestricted creation and collaboration. Simply by uploading and downloading, kids now have the opportunity that I never have during my younger days. Where yu can simply organize things easily and take charge of your own event, skipping the silly rules, red tapes, the middleman and limitation of distribution. If the Balai Seni negara refuse to exhibit your work, organize your own Rantai!. Have a band? upload your tracks in myspace and channel V amp, spread the tunes online and by end of the month (or weeks) yu might be performing in one of the gigs in town. I felt the same pinch with one of my past time love affair - angry monkey. I never thought it received a good response from outside my circle of life and I wish to thanks for those who added, commented and supported 'him' from their MySpace.

Yu don't know how much it meant to me to keep it going.

During this 'leap of faith' onto the unknown in 2007, filled with unrest anxiety, it was one of the most fascinating year in my life. I've meet lot's of pro-founding, interesting unique people that I've couldn't imagine if it wasn't for that 'leap of faith'. I can't predict what 2008 will be, but I wish to experience with a positive attitude and the hunger for opportunities and challenges.

May 2008 be an interesting great year for all of yu out there.
Salam tahun baru and a Happy new year!

Posted January 08 in myspace + facebook,

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